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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



Etymology uncertain, possibly related to Baltic *ut-, cf. Lithuanian utėlė̃, utìs, Latvian uts. Compare also Lithuanian vievesà. Possibly ultimately connected with Proto-Germanic *lūs. The forms may have been distorted because of linguistic taboos.


*vъ̑šь f

  1. louse




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  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “вошь”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress
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  • Melʹnyčuk O. S., editor (1982), “воша”, in Etymolohičnyj slovnyk ukrajinsʹkoji movy [Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language] (in Ukrainian), volume 1, Kiev: Naukova Dumka, page 431